Entering the world of heart rate monitoring…

I’ve never been a data junkie. I only had a GPS watch for small chunks of my running career, it was never something I really got into. I also had uncooperative gear and so at the first sign of error I ditched it. I’ve never once monitored my heart rate for any activity. If I’m doing anything, I’m writing miles down in my bullet journal but even that has been sporadic as my training is sporadic.

Well. Look what Donnie got me for Mother’s Day, he gave it to me yesterday.

You see, it’s a smart watch. It is a Garmin Forerunner 235. It tells time AND it is a HR monitor and a GPS. He’s been using one for about a year and after protesting, “THAT IS WAAAAY TOO EXPENSIVE!” and secretly thinking Ummm…I don’t give two flying craps about this kind of data…, I opened it up and started playing around with it.

And like that, I’m a data junkie.

I’m so fascinated by my heart rate. I haven’t worn it on a run yet, I hope to do that tonight, but just my resting heart rate is something I’m intrigued by. I never even knew that before! And I took some time this morning to connect it to My Fitness Pal so I can maybe start tracking food too and – GUYS – WHO AM I?

Of course, this time next week it might be just a timepiece and I never make it do the fun things, but I AM SO EXCITED ALL OF THE SUDDEN. I can’t wait to test it out running tonight (Did I tell you about my toes? I’ve had infections in my big toes that have had me not running for 10 days) and watch it during the day! It tracks my steps so I’m going to make sure I get up and walk around my building sometimes.

AND! It gets notifications from my phone too, which I really don’t get a lot of, but it’s nice to see texts etc without having to look at my phone.

If Donnie had said he was going to get me one of these I would have told him, “Don’t waste your money.” I mean, they are STUPID expensive. I know because I’m the one that bought his! But…now that I’ve been playing around with it (I got 6.5 hours of sleep last night! I think drinking two margaritas next door helped fight the Lexapro insomnia :)) I am kinda loving it.

I’ll keep you posted. Maybe I’ll be one of those people that talks about their heart rate all the time!

4 thoughts on “Entering the world of heart rate monitoring…

  1. LC says:

    I did the same thing when I got my FitBit! Got it because it was a Black Friday steal and thought everyone else has them, why not. Now I look at my steps all the time (It’s really fun to see how many you get running!) and check out my sleep patterns.

  2. Roseann says:

    I eventually upgraded all my smartwatches and fitness trackers until I got to the Apple Watch. I do not use it as much as I could, but the heart rate tracker is one of my favorite and most used features.

    Have fun. You’ll soon be graphing and charting all the data and wonder who you turned into.

  3. Fraulein N says:

    I thought the same thing when my husband got me a FitBit. “This is too expensive!” I’m still not one of Those People who’s all into fitness, but when I do work out (or lay down, or run up a flight of stairs, or just wake up or or or), it’s kinda fun to see where my heart rate is.

  4. Lindsey says:

    I loooove the MyFitnessPal app and site for food tracking. It really keeps me conscious of what I’m putting into my body.

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